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Doing Classroom-Based Research

Last Saturday, Anita Lämmerer and I had the privilege to facilitate a workshop in the ELT Connect 2015 conference that was  jointly organised by the Sprachausbildung and the Fachdidaktik sections of the Institut für Anglistik, University of Graz.

In our workshop, which was entitled Exploring Practice through Classroom-Based Research, we made the case for practitioner-led research, as a way for improving learning outcomes and driving professional development. During the workshop, the participants and we discussed the benefits of classroom-based research, and critically examined some assumptions that might inhibit or intimidate teachers who are considering such projects. We also engaged in a number of activities intended to exemplify how a classroom-based research project  might be planned.

We have uploaded (a modified version of) the slides and a copy of the worksheet we used during the workshop. We hope you might find them useful.

We have also uploaded a copy of a handout on Classroom-Based Research that we gave out to workshop participants. It is, by necessity, a very brief introduction to a vast topic, but we hope that it might provide some helpful orientation, if you are planning a research project, or if you are supervising or mentoring teachers who have to do such work.

We are very keen on reading any feedback you might want to share about the materials. We would also especially love to hear from you if they have inspired any classroom-based research projects.

If you’d like to get in touch, you can do so through the contact page in this website, or by sending us an email at Achillefs.Kostoulas@uni-graz.at (Yes, there’s an f in my university email – don’t ask!)

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Call for Papers: Classroom-oriented research: Reconciling Theory and Practice

Classroom-oriented research: Reconciling theory and practice
Konin (Poland), 14-16 October, 2013

The 3rd International Conference on classroom-oriented research will be organised by the Institute of Modern Languages, State School of Higher Professional Education (Konin), the Department of English Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań) and the Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź, in collaboration with IATEFL Research SIG. The conference, titled Classroom-oriented research: Reconciling theory and practice, will look into how theory, research and classroom practice can be brought together.
Plenary speakers include:

  • Anne Burns (Aston University)
  • Jean-Marc Deawale (Birkbeck College, University of London)
  • Diane Larsen-Freeman (University of Michigan)
  • David Nunan (Anaheim University)
  • Norbert Schmitt (University of Nottingham)
  • David Singleton (Trinity College, Dublin)
  • Paul Meara (Swansea University)

Abstracts for papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion), workshops (60 minutes) and posters are invited on topics such as:

  • theoretical foundations of classroom-oriented research;
  • teaching language skills and subsystems;
  • developing intercultural competence in the language classroom;
  • individual differences and language learning and teaching;
  • learner autonomy and language learning strategies;
  • classroom interaction and management;
  • teachers’ knowledge and beliefs;
  • teacher education;
  • coursebooks and materials;
  • syllabus design;
  • assessing second language knowledge;
  • methodology of classroom-oriented research;
  • disseminating the findings of classroom-oriented research

Interested contributors should submit an abstract (250-300 words), including the title of their contribution, their name, affiliation and e-mail address, and a short biographical note (60-80 words). Abstracts are to be sent to classroomresearch2013[at]gmail[dot]com.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2013.
  • Notifications of acceptance:  30 June 2013.

Additional information will be posted at the conference website. Queries can be addressed to classroomresearch2013[at]gmail[dot]com or to Prof. Mirosław Pawlak, Head of the Organizing Committee (pawlakmi[at]amu.edu[dot]pl).

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